A disease that has killed more than 5.5 million bats in the eastern United States and Canada is making its way west. White-nose syndrome has now been diagnosed in three Missouri bats — the first confirmed cases west of the Mississippi. And scientists say it won't stop there.
We learned several days ago, thanks to an ACLU Freedom of Information Act suit, that local law enforcement is often tracking cell phones without court orders to do so. The New York Times, which looked at documents that the ACLU received, reported that cell phone tracking has become widespread, and that it's also big business for cell phone companies.
And about those bugs, the bugs bats and birds like to eat, there seem to be a lot of them emerging right now.
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In Richmond, Virginia, a warmer-than-usual spring has led to an outbreak of small, but very hungry, cankerworm caterpillars. They dine on maple and oak leaves. And when they're done, they drop from silken strands in a search for even more food. This year, the caterpillars are not only early, they're everywhere.
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We have a review for you now of a book set at the intersection of joy and tragedy. In her new novel, "Carry the One," writer Carol Anshaw begins with a momentary lapse of judgment. She then follows its tragic consequences for years for the lives of her characters.
Members of Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party — the political arm of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood — are in Washington this week on the group's first official U.S. visit. Robert Siegel speaks with Egyptian parliamentarian Abdul Mawgoud Rageh Dardery, a member of the delegation, about the visit and the Muslim Brotherhood's growing power in Egypt.
Meanwhile, the battle among Republicans over who should challenge President Obama in November has moved to Pennsylvania. Its GOP presidential primary is still nearly three weeks away, but Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are already campaigning there. For Santorum, losing his home state could be the death blow to his presidential bid, and there are growing signs such a loss could be in store. NPR's David Welna has been travelling with Santorum through Pennsylvania, and he sent this report.
Now to another story coming to us from down under about something that happened up high. Australian pilot Braden Blennerhassett had just taken off from Darwin yesterday in his twin engine cargo plane when he noticed that he was not alone. There was a snake on the plane.
BRADEN BLENNERHASSETT: You're trying to be as still as you possibly can.